ABHMS Volunteer Initiatives

Volunteer Mobilization Ministries facilitates individual volunteer missionary appointments, summer service opportunities, group mission experiences, specialized service projects and disaster response.

American Baptists have traditionally been people of action, giving freely of their valuable time and talents to help survivors of tragedy throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Striking recent examples include volunteer efforts in response to hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the U.S. Gulf Coast, where American Baptists and partners have logged countless hours of hands-on recovery work.

For more information about volunteering, contact Victoria Goff at [email protected] or 610-768-2449.


Rebuilding, Restoring, Renewing Puerto Rico

Join American Baptist Home Mission Societies and Iglesias Bautistas de Puerto Rico for ongoing volunteer service work as we seek to rebuild, restore and renew the hurricane-ravaged island. Your gifts of time, energy and hands-on work are greatly needed and appreciated in restoring churches, schools, missions, homes, communities and lives.

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Rebuilding, Restoring, Renewing…Texas

When Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Texas coast in 2017, it brought with it 130 mph winds and torrential rain, resulting in flooding, power outages, downed trees and signs, major property damage, displaced residents, injuries and fatalities.

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Coming Together for New Jersey

Hurricane Sandy devastated New Jersey when it hit the East Coast on Oct. 29, 2012. A joint effort of American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) and American Baptist Churches of New Jersey (ABCNJ), “Coming Together for New Jersey (CTFNJ)…Rebuild, Renew and Restore” provides a mission opportunity in the summer: July 14-21, 2018.

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Rebuilding, Restoring, Renewing…Muskogee, Okla.

Volunteers are needed to help with general construction, routine office work, grounds maintenance and landscaping at both Bacone College—a higher education institution with strong American Baptist ties—and Murrow Indian Children’s Home, founded by an American Baptist for orphaned Native American children. Bacone was impacted by flooding during the 2015 Christmas season.

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“Home Mission: ’Til the Work is Done,” New Orleans

Thirteen years after hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the Gulf Coast, American Baptist Home Mission Societies continues to assist rebuilding efforts in New Orleans. And we will continue to do so for as long as necessary. In 2018, American Baptist college, university and seminary students are welcome to join us in New Orleans July 28-Aug. 4, while all other American Baptist volunteers are welcome July 29-Aug. 4. Come to worship, witness and work, as we help New Orleans residents rebuild their homes, churches, communities and lives.

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